And here's what TONY says:
"With the hand strengthening exercises of "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM©, my hands feel brand-new - rejuvenated, fast and accurate.
fingers actually DO what my brain tells them to do without getting
"Thanks for an exercise book that actually WORKS!
"PS: I'm only into my first week and my fingers feel like butter!"
[I am a professional musician in Las Vegas, Nevada, playing bass guitar for over 35 years.]
What is this all about?
Here is something which will open your eyes: If you are experiencing frustration in advancing your skill on your instrument then you are practicing the WRONG WAY!
Well then, what IS the "right way"?
The RIGHT WAY is to TREAT YOUR HANDS THEMSELVES as if they were a SEPARATE instrument. -- [more below]
"Years ago I stumbled on a group of finger exercises from the UK called, I believe, the Cowling System - a small pamphlet that was helpful."
Let's just take a look at our hands for a moment - marvelous and
magnificent works of design; intricate and complex.
Note this well: "scales"
"exercises" are not designed to improve or strengthen the hands THEMSELVES.
Scales, Hanons, in fact ALL exercises done ON the instrument, do not effectively reach and support those parts of your hands which you absolutely must have "fully operational"!
Such exercises have you work and work on 'this pattern', 'that stretch', 'that chord progression', 'proper placement and position', but actually never on the very instruments which you are using to play the instrument with!
Just think about that for a minute.
THIS lack of address to the hands IS the hidden source of the difficulties, the "slow learning curves", the frustrations in "not being able to get that passage down" which you probably have experienced all too often.
And what's the true answer to all this?
The answer is to get and use "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM.
"Fantastic! I have seen very positive results from this system, in both physical and "non-physical" ways. I've been using the hardcopy version* for over a year, and I got the paperback version so when I'm on tour I can continue to improve in practice daily - increasing flexibility and strength in my hands."
~ Garrison Fewell (14 October 1953 – 5 July 2015), noted Jazz Guitarist and Professor at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN IN PAPERBACK!
YES!! If you want "The Original" Cowling System in paperback form, here it is:
Paperback: 74 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
Photographs: 40, in Full Color!
[the former edition was B & W only]
and a Beautiful New, Glossy Front and Back Cover
We're very proud of our new paperback version.
I know you'll be very happy to own and use it!
* It does NOT "REPLACE" PRACTICE, but it enables you to practice FOR LONGER PERIODS and MORE EFFICIENTLY.
* It does NOT REQUIRE EXTERNAL WEIGHTS or RESISTANCE DEVICES. This is very important - It's been found that such devices the develop the "wrong kind" of muscle - DENSE, STIFF AND SLOW. And, beyond that, those devices can sometimes be dangerous! [see below]
[Now, to continue:]
* The System does disclose to you your WEAK or UNDERDEVELOPED MUSCLES, "TIED LIGAMENTS" etc, virtually from the first exercise, and swiftly corrects these.
You can SEE and FEEL exactly how your own hands have been getting in your way, and how they are now coming under your total control.
* It does NOT take a long time each day.
* It gives you a "positive reinforcement" - You can easily see good progress on your instrument almost DAILY. Therefore, you KNOW you are getting somewhere.
"THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM of hand strengthening exercises contains the breakthroughs that you have been searching for.
"THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM© of hand strengthening exercises is an INSTANTLY DOWNLOADABLE 71 page manual of eleven brilliantly devised isometric hand strengthening exercises, with 40 color photographs in the pdf verson.
This book also contains useful bonus lessons on improving your music reading, basic theory, and other topics. Here's the table of contents:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by: E. J. Pickles
LESSON ONE: FOR DEVELOPING FLEXIBILITY OF THE FINGER JOINTS
HINTS ON SIGHT READING [original bonus lesson]
BASIC MUSIC THEORY [original bonus lesson]
LESSON TWO [no description]
LESSON THREE: FOR DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT OF THE FINGERS
INTONATION/SOUND WAVE - FOR THE PIANO: LESSON FOUR: [original bonus lesson on pitch recognition - useful for all instruments]
LESSON FIVE: TO DEVELOP STRENGTH & INDEPENDENCE OF FINGERING
LESSON SIX: TO DEVELOP THE MUSCLES OF THE FOREARM
LESSON SIX A: FOR DEVELOPING THE UPPER ARM, SHOULDER AND CHEST MUSCLES
LESSON SEVEN: EXERCISING THE FIRST JOINTS
LESSON EIGHT: TO FURTHER DEVELOP INDEPENDENCE OF FINGERING
LESSON NINE: COMBINED EXERCISE FOR THIRD JOINTS AND WRISTS
The OCTAVE PLAYING EXERCISE
LESSON TEN: POWER IN THE FOURTH FINGER! - For trills, turns, shakes, and extended movements for octave playing
LESSON ELEVEN: THUMB-UNDER EXERCISE
And, a CONGRATULATIONS for your completing your first "rotation" of the Cowling System.
All of the text has been painstakingly, EXACTLY transcribed from the original. You are getting the true original - All of it.
Each individual exercise is done, once in the morning and once later on in the afternoon or night for ONE WEEK ONLY. Then the student advances to the next exercise, discontinuing the previous one.
Then after the entire "rotation" is complete, the student starts over at the beginning.
SO, what are you waiting for? "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM© of hand strengthening exercises has been helping musicians since 1907!, It was almost lost forever, but it's now fully restored.
YOU can be discovering what's holding you back from your full, physical potential as a musician RIGHT NOW, and be doing something tremendously effective to correct it, RIGHT NOW.
YOU can be moving forward into being the player you've always wished you could be, RIGHT NOW.
YOU could see your way clear to playing CLEANER, FASTER, AND BETTER, no matter your instrument, RIGHT NOW!
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And the accolades continue: David Grisman [above] uses "The Original" Cowling System:
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And still more [actual and unsolicited] rave reviews for "The Original" Cowling System:
FROM A VIOLINIST:
"The Cowling System © is a set of 12 exercises designed to increase the flexibility and strength of the hand, wrist, and fingers.
"I bought the course in 1978 and have found them to be invaluable.
"I've kept them all these years and still use them to warm up with before playing."
~ Richard Barton posted on VIOLINIST.COM
FROM A BASS PLAYER:
?"My fingers actually DO what my brain tells them to do, WITHOUT getting confused."
~ Anthony Jerome Smith, 35-year veteran bass player.
FROM A PIANIST:
"In 1976, my teacher gave me his copy of all the exercises, whereupon I made xeroxed pages to put in a binder.
"My teacher was amazed at my progress that in a year I could play, for example, the prelude #17 of Chopin!
~ "RPN58" (from a pianists' discussion board in England, 2006)
FROM A GUITARIST:
"I was introduced to the Cowling System © in the 1980's by a violinist in his seventies, who had amazing dexterity on his instrument for HIS age.
"Through the use of the COWLING SYSTEM ©, I went from "amateur" to an "A" level in music in a very short number of years.
"I have been using the exercises continuously since my friend gave them to me and believe me - THEY WORK."
~ Don Wills Guitarist, Great Britain
FROM A VIOLINIST:
"I must say I am highly delighted with the way my fingering has improved since I commenced your hand strengthening exercises.
"Recently, I became very depressed about my playing and almost decided to give it up, but now I feel it's a pleasure, thanks to the Cowling System. ©"
~ "THE VIOLINIST" Magazine, December, 1924
I'd love to see YOUR testimonial on this list! If you really do "THE ORIGINAL" COWLING SYSTEM © of Hand Strengthening Exercises", you CAN master and truly enjoy your music!